Official Statement from Dr. Fowzia Regarding Colleyville Hostage Crisis
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My name is Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui; I am Dr. Aafia's sister.
Alhamdulillah the hostage crisis in texas is over.
False and baseless Rumours of my and Aafia's brother being involved in a hostage situation is another example of how American media and social media trolls jump to blame someone without any proof, especially if that someone is black, brown or Muslim.
This is how innocence is made to look guilty and why innocent Aafia remains incarcerated. How many lives will these irresponsible journalists and agents of satan destroy?
Unfortunately, this rumor comes when our mother is seriously ill admitted to an SCU on BIPAP ventilatory support. Both my brother and I have been preoccupied with our mother's critical condition, and this irresponsible reporting adds to our anguish.
We are grateful for all the prayers, wishes, and trust our supporters have shown during this trying time.
Here I would like to add that cases like Aafia's generate great support and emotional involvement because the suffering she has been put through and continues to endure can not be ignored.
A growing and tragic result of the Aafia's continued detention is that our appeals to reason and avoidance of violence are being ignored, as people lose faith in the efficacy of those means. Thus we see them expressing their anger in a manner that Aafia nor we would endorse. It is through these emotions that extremists thrive. If only our Politicians and intelligence personnel would realize this and how their inaction to correct a grave wrong has caused so much distress to so many.
Those of us who know and love Aafia can tell you that she would be distraught if she knew that people are bragging about kidnapped, holding hostages, murder, and mayhem, and using her name to justify it. She would also be praying for the victims and their families. Aafia is one of the too many people worldwide who understand the toll that injustice demands from all of us.
Let us do our part to end these cycles of pain and bloodshed. Let us show those who have military might that mercy and forgiveness are even more powerful.
We strongly condemn any act of violence in our name.